It’s once again that time of the year when everyone are thinking their spring (and maybe already summer) essential-pieces. So did we as well at tyylit.fi and here’s what I personally came up with.
This is one my all-time favorite photos (from Pitti Uomo, by The Sartorialist). Capturing most of my own essentials for this spring.
Well, it doesn’t really matter what season are we talking about - this one belongs to every list. It’s only a matter of construction and materials. For spring I personally favor lightweight wools or a bit “washed look” cotton. In the pictured jacket by Boglioli there’s 2% of elastane which makes it a bit more “soft” and easier to deal with for example when traveling.
If one is looking something a bit more special, this indigo-gyed linen-cotton mix version by Italian Gajola could be a right choice. Some say indigo is the new black… I’d combine this with light colored denim.
Suede (penny) loafers
Another classic choice in addition to the blue blazer. In Finland the weather might not be suitable for loafers yet, but it won’t take long before you can pull your pair from the closet.
The thing I like most about loafers is the versatility. They can without any problems be paired for example with a slim-cut cotton suit as well as with a pair of denim or even shorts.
In terms of loafers there are multiple choices to choose from. Alden pennyloafers are iconic but I would also check out at least Wildsmith and Meermin. In case you’re living in Helsinki, check out Sauma for some Carmina models and Fere’s selection of Crockett&Jones.
Anything off-white (or cream)
As said in the newest edition of Mr. Porter Journal, use of off-white and cream colors are a great way for any men to show one’s sense of style.
Whereas pure white can sometimes be hard to pull of and too dominating (in the same way than black), off-white is an optimal color to balance and tone down any outfit. It goes perfectly with shades of blues, brown or olive green for example.
Time for next in line in terms of reviews from Pitti Uomo 85. For the second time in a row, Lardini was the brand that came up with the most inspiring collection in my book.
Lardini, created and still run by the siblings Andrea, Luigi and Lorena Lardini is known for the development, innovation and experimentation it invests in to create products - with versatility of different fabrics, patterns and special treatments - that combine the art of hand tailoring and cutting-edge machinery. All of the products are manufactured entirely in Filottrano, Italy
Restyling the suit - make it reversible
One of the most coolest and inspiring things seen at the fair for me this time was definitely the business-line by Lardini, where the company has as they say it “restyled the suit” by making the suit jackets reversible, in other words bringing to two suits in one piece. To make it even more “modern twisted”, the classical-cut waistcoat in quilted nylon has brought up as a garment to be worn under the suit or with separates if so decided. Restrained colors and patterns are perfectly suitable for business and at least I consider this to be an innovative solution for the question what to wear on a two-day-business-trip.
Hi Atte! I will be in Florence for a weekend in April and I am staring to work on the lst of shop I must visit. Inowi g that ou have been there already few times, can you recommend anything? For now I have only Liverano on the list. Thanks! Luca.
Florence is a beautiful city, maybe my personal favorite in Italy (alongside with Rome). In terms of shopping here are some tips I’d may add to your list.
Yep, have visited Florence now a couple of times. There’s a lot of shops to visit but here’s some I might consider to be worth checking out…
Clothing & Accessories
Liverano & Liverano (Via dei Fossi, 43r)
Eredi Chiarini (Via Roma 16r)
Milord (P.zza Strozzi, 12/13r)
Principe (Via del Sole, 2)
Frasi (Via dei Federighi, 7r)
Madova (Via Guicciardini, 1r)
Roberto Ugolini (Via dei Michelozzi, 17r)
Stefano Bemer (B.go S. Frediano, 143r)
Il Bisonte (Via Lisbona, 36)
(And a lot of other small boutiques…)
Then there’s a lot of brands and shops such as Montezemolo & Happy Jack and brands with their own stores such as Sutor Mantelassi, Sartoria Rossi, Loro Piana, Cucinelli etc…
If you’re looking something on a budget, for example Boggi, Massimo Dutti and a shop called Gutteridge (really nice and full of price worthy stuff) might be worth of taking a look.
I just recently got a question how our Meermin MTO PTBs turned out and I need to say it turned out really great.
The specs we ordered it were following:
Plain toe derby – 5 eyelets
Double rubber (dainite) sole
Snuff rapello suede
The order took a bit over 3 months to be delivered and the schedule held pretty well if I remember correct. Have no complaints, the finishing is on a good level, all the specs were as they were suppose to be and the quality of the suede is commendable in my book. Will probably go for another mto-order soon. And I will also come up with a more detailed review regarding the mto-loafers I got as soon as the spring gets a bit further.
Finally few pics regarding the result. Some more thoughts (in terms of this pair and Meermin in general) I just wrote can be found at tyylit.fi
Last week Berg&Berg launched the first releases of their new spring and summer collection. Once again there’s bunch of interesting stuff that really draws attention and are definitely worth checking out.
In the new tie collection classic grenadines are complimented with self striped silk ties that are crafted from” fil a fil silk (a jacquard fabri woven with two double twisted silk threads), multiple linen ties and finally a bit more special, untipped cotton seersucker versions.
In terms of pocket squares the absolute ace for the season are the fresh and summery cotton squares featuring floral prints, nice option to wear with your unstructured cotton and linen jackets.
The guys at Sauma just today started their mtm-days that will take place the next two weeks. What makes it interesting is that they just got a new supplier for their private label suiting that based on pictures and examples I’ve seen is looking more than promising.
It seems that there are some fabrics available that would make a great summer sport coats and suits.
Green is the new black. This as double-breasted jacket w/ patch pockets would be awesome with some with cotton slacks.
This summer gonna be about checks?
Inspirational “look book” featuring examples of fabrics (even shirt fabrics) and how to combine them. This can make the decision-making really easy. Or just harder…
In addition the guys are still running their final winter sales and there are some pretty nice deals to grab on. Very fine Gran Sasso knitwear and especially the Carmina shoes (string loafers & double monks) with a -50% discount is something you can’t come across really often.
"New ideas surround us everywhere, yet keen instincts are required to understand them and capture their essence.
We are curious, passionate, attentive and naturally love to seek out new things, without ever falling head over heels over them.”
This is how Boglioli brothers Mario and Pierluigi started their letter sent before Pitti Uomo 85 in January, where the first collection of newly invented brand Gigi was presented. They both earlier sold their shares in the company that still bears their name - but now they are back in business.
By their own words they want to experiment and research to create new innovations in terms of materials, processing techniques and finishes and the collection seen in Florence definitely seems to keep this promise.
One of the most interesting point of views in the collection are the different prints and processing techniques in terms of the fabrics.
Beautiful herringbone cashmere in reddish tones. I’d love to wear with denim and off-white roll neck.
"Don’t look back" is the motto that stands on the tag of every Gigi piece. They want go forward - not look behind.